Bars We Love:: Kimball House

by Negronis Greg

Kimball House is a renowned bar and restaurant located in Decatur, Georgia, just outside of Atlanta. The establishment was founded in 2013 by a group of experienced bartenders and restaurant industry veterans, including Miles Macquarrie, Bryan Rackley, and Matt Christison.

The idea behind Kimball House was to create a space that would pay homage to the classic cocktail bars of the past, while also incorporating modern techniques and flavors. The bar is located in a historic building that dates back to the early 1900s and was once home to a railroad station. The founders wanted to honor the building's rich history by creating a space that felt timeless and elegant.

One of the things that Kimball House is most known for is its impressive selection of oysters. The bar features a rotating selection of over a dozen different types of oysters from around the world, which are shucked to order and served with a variety of accompaniments. In addition to the oysters, the bar also offers a menu of classic and modern cocktails, as well as a selection of beer and wine.

Some of the most popular drinks that have originated from Kimball House include the "Whiskey Business" (made with rye whiskey, apricot liqueur, lemon, and honey), the "Mary Pickford" (made with rum, pineapple, grenadine, and maraschino liqueur), and the "Oaxacan Dead" (made with mezcal, tequila, lime, grapefruit, and cinnamon). These cocktails are all expertly crafted and designed to showcase the flavors of the spirits and ingredients used.

One of the key members of the Kimball House team is head bartender Miles Macquarrie. Macquarrie has been instrumental in putting Kimball House on the map, thanks to his innovative cocktail creations and his passion for the industry. He has been recognized with numerous awards and accolades, including being named one of the "Best New Mixologists" by Food & Wine Magazine in 2013.

Kimball House has become a staple in the Atlanta cocktail scene, and its reputation continues to grow. Whether you're in the mood for a classic cocktail, a dozen oysters, or just a great atmosphere, Kimball House is definitely worth a visit.

To learn more about Kimball House and to stay up-to-date on their latest offerings and events, you can visit their website at or follow them on Instagram at @kimballhousebar.




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